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In what seems like a quiet hour, loose activity fills the lives of the National’s five members. It’s that period of time before the band takes the stage; last-minute decisions and logistics are being hammered out, but it’s also kind of boring and filled with a lot of pacing around… More »

As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the National’s Alligator, it behooves us to discuss two persistent myths, both related to Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. The first one is truer, and it goes like this: Back in 2005, a promising Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati rock band released its third album and scheduled a tour… More »

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

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Outside Lands 2013 Friday: Paul McCartney, The National, Chromatics, & More

Yesterday Outside Lands '13 kicked off in San Francisco, and there's already been a ton of memorable moments, from food to comedy to many great…
Miles Bowe | August 10, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Watch Bob Weir Join The National At Outside Lands

Last weekend, we learned a few more vague details about the National's forthcoming Grateful Dead tribute album -- it will likely feature members of Bon…
Liz Pelly | August 10, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Dessners’ Grateful Dead Tribute To Feature Members Of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf.
Liz Pelly | August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Watch St. Vincent Join The National In Brooklyn

Last night, the National played what must've been their first-ever headlining arena show, as they packed their home-borough shack the Barclays Center. And during the…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2013 - 11:54 am

Q&A: The National’s Matt Berninger On Trouble Will Find Me, That Six-Hour MoMA Performance, And Going Back On The Road

If it seems as though we've been talking about the National's excellent new record Trouble Will Find Me for weeks now it's because we have.
T. Cole Rachel | May 24, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Watch The National Play Colbert

Last night, a night after they served as musical guests on Letterman, the National returned to TV, bringing their debonair and sophisticated gloom-rock to The
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2013 - 9:00 am

Photos: The National @ Public Assembly, Brooklyn 5/21/13

The National released their new album Trouble Will Find Me yesterday (5/21) and played two intimate NYC show to celebrate. They made an early evening…
Stereogum | May 22, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Watch The National Play Letterman

The members of the National are gracefully-aging Midwestern-transplanted New Yorkers who wear suits a lot, and the same is also true of David Letterman. They're…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2013 - 8:51 am

Deconstructing: The National, Majical Cloudz, And Artistic Pluralism

Everything feels heavier at night. Alone at home after dark, whatever solipsistic sentiment was developing by day takes on titanic proportions. All sense of perspective…
Chris DeVille | May 14, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Stream The National Trouble Will Find Me

Hey, don’t click out of iTunes just yet! The National’s Trouble Will Find Me is streaming there, too, in advance of its release. Check out…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 13, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Premature Evaluation: The National Trouble Will Find Me

At this point, six albums in, the National are practically a genre unto themselves. On Alligator, the first album that many of us noticed, they…
Tom Breihan | May 10, 2013 - 2:45 pm

The National – “Sea Of Love” Video

The National's new album Trouble Will Find Me is only a couple of weeks away from release, and they've now dropped a video for one…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Watch The National Play “Sorrow” For Six Hours

Last month, we learned that the National were planning a six-hour show, one that would consist entirely of one song -- "Sorrow," from High Violet
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2013 - 8:57 am

Watch The National Play Fallon

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the National were the musical guests, and they used the opportunity to play a couple of new…
Tom Breihan | April 26, 2013 - 8:52 am

The National Will Play “Sorrow” For 6 Hours At MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1, the Queens outpost of the famed NYC modern art museum, will feature a six-hour long performance of the High Violet track "Sorrow" by…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 24, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Watch The National’s Mistaken For Strangers Documentary Trailer

Awaiting Trouble Will Find Me has sent us into a well-deserved National frenzy. We have already heard two singles off the forthcoming album, one of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 15, 2013 - 12:16 pm

The National – “Don’t Swallow The Cap”

The National's feverishly anticipated new album Trouble Will Find Me comes out next month, and you guys sure seemed to like the first single "Demons."…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2013 - 12:05 pm

The 10 Best National Songs

For many people who listen to the National, and by guitarist Aaron Dessner's own admission, the band's career started in 2007. "When we were in…
Harley Brown | April 10, 2013 - 1:33 pm

The National – “Demons”

The National have announced the existence (and the extensive guest list) of Trouble Will Find Me, their new album, and they've played a bunch of…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2013 - 8:43 am
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